IKEA x HAY Ypperlig Collection

IKEA has teamed up with cult Danish design brand HAY to launch 'Ypperlig', a new collection of beautiful basics

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

When Swedish mega-brand IKEA hooked up with cult Danish design duo HAY to create a new range, we knew the results would be impressive. This week the 'Ypperlig' collection hits global stores, celebrating the beauty of basics, Scandinavian functionality and streamlined, contemporary style. Fittingly, the name means 'extraordinary'.

Inspired by architecture, art and fashion trends, design brand HAY was founded in Copenhagen in 2002, and is helmed by husband-and-wife team Rolf and Mette Hay. Using sophisticated industrial manufacturing processes, the pair design pieces for modern living, with a less-is-more aesthetic that chimes well with fellow Scandinavian homewares giant IKEA. The collaborative collection spans furniture – from a compact sofa and comfy sofa-bed to tables, a bench and decorative wall shelf – super-slim lighting and covetable accessories.

ABOVE: Featuring clean lines, muted colours and Scandi materials, the new 'Ypperlig' collection by IKEA x HAY is in stores now
ABOVE RIGHT: HAY co-founders Rolf and Mette Hay
BELOW: 'Ypperlig' ash table, £150, with vases in green, £12, and brown, £18; Indoor/outdoor 'Ypperlig' chair with armrests, in green and light grey, £40 each; 'Ypperlig' chair with armrests, with dining table and vases, as before

ABOVE: Light grey three-seat 'Ypperlig' sofa-bed, £550, constructed like a pocket-sprung mattress, with cushion covers, £5 each; 'Ypperlig' coffee tables, £35 each, with green vase, £12; Light grey 'Ypperlig' LED table lamp, £35, with built-in variable touch dimmer

Top FizzPicks include the sinuous, indoor/outdoor 'Ypperlig' armchair and chair (moulded in one piece in on-trend green or light grey); the minimal LED table light and floor lamp; three jaunty wall mirrors; a sleek ash dining table and grey-topped birch coffee table; and our favourite design, the curvy 'Ypperlig' vase in a choice of two three-tone colourways (green, blue and grey or brown, yellow and white). A trio of pretty-hued boxes with lids make savvy storage for small items, or for cute gifts check out the graphic candle holder and stationery set. Vibrant cushion covers and throws bring a softer touch (in block colours, with pared-back pattern), and HAY has even reinvented the iconic IKEA bag, updating the weaving patterns and colours. 

ABOVE: 'Ypperlig' candle holders, £3 each; 'Ypperlig' wall mirrors, in white, £20, dark red, £12, and green, £15, suitable for use in bathrooms; 'Ypperlig' cushion covers, £5 each, available in nine reversible colourways with varying patterns, beech stools, £20 each

The duo intended the collaboration to be true to IKEA, with honest, substantial products at an affordable price that would be around for a long time. 'We wanted to do something that was beautiful, well-made and usable,' says Mette Hay. 'Really good products made by IKEA and sprinkled with a bit of HAY'. Get in quick and make HAY while the sun shines!
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The 'Ypperlig' collection is available in selected IKEA stores and online (see regional sites for local prices).

Studio Davidpompa

Mexican design is having a moment and somehow it feels sooo now...

BY DEE IVA

Studio Davidpompa is a young Mexican design company launched in 2008 by David Pompa Alarcón that uses traditional materials and techniques to create contemporary lighting and tiling collections.

The Fizz is particularly taken with its glossy black ‘Rajo’ tile, a raised 3D design that bounces light around its geometric surface. The shiny black clay tiles are handmade by Mexican artisans skilled in the ancestral craft of Barro Negro from Oaxaca, which specialises in the production of black polished pottery. 

This beautiful black clay is also present in sleek pendant lights. ’Can’ oozes dark glamour while ‘Minimal’ and ‘Vitrif’ add warm copper to raise the luxe factor. 

Finally, the decorative art of talavera has also been brought to the fore on the pretty ‘Hielo’ pendant with its intricate cobalt blue patterning. Talavera caught our attention earlier this year with the arrival of the first collection from Maison Numen, another South American design house (see our post here). To see it twice in one year is surprising. It marks the stirrings of a new era of modern South American design and from what we’ve seen so far it’s very welcome indeed…
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ABOVE: Back to black with the geometric 'Rajo' tiles
ABOVE RIGHT: We love the glossy black 'Can' and blue and white 'Hielo' pendants
BELOW FROM LEFT: 'Minimal' and 'Vitrif' mix it up with copper

'Rajo' tiles, €539 per m2, 'Can' pendant light €169, 'Minimal' pendant light €229, 'Vitrif' pendant light €219, 'Hielo' pendant light €329

Foscarini

An old Scottish pattern has been transformed into a modern lighting fixture for Italian lighting brand Foscarini

BY DEE IVA

Ah tartan… The very thought of it makes us think of blankets, biscuit tins, scarves and, of course, kilts. But this traditional Scottish pattern has been given a new, more up-to-date lease of life by award-winning Milanese designers Ludovica+Roberto Palomba  (right) with the ‘Tartan’ suspension lamp for Italian lighting company Foscarini.

The Palombas captured the abstract patterns of sound waves and transferred them to mouth-blown glass lampshades echoing the weave of traditional tartan. An acid-etched surface also brings an illusion of softness to the matt-finish lampshade.

ABOVE AND BELOW: 'Tartan' suspension lamp, from £366

Available in pale grey or pristine white and with an LED option, ‘Tartan’ diffuses light through the shade while providing a direct downward beam from its centre. If you’re looking for a smart update of the ubiquitous paper lantern, look no further…
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Tom Dixon

This year's Milan Furniture Fair sees Tom Dixon showing new pieces at the Fiera for the first time, proudly flying the flag for British design. DesignFizz says go Team Tom!

BY DEE IVA

Gentlemen's clubs aren't really where we hang out, but if they were styled by Tom Dixon we'd be first in the queue. Dixon's collection of furniture, lighting and accessories, due to be shown in the grounds of Milan's Fiera this April, has been carefully chosen to evoke the atmosphere of a stylish club privé, but with modern-day dandies in mind. 

New additions to the popular 'Beat' lighting range include four delicious matt grey pendants with shimmering silver interiors. Sleek 'Flood' pendant lights, inspired by car headlamps, feature dimmable LEDs and come in cool chrome and opulent gold. You're going to need somewhere to sit with that negroni and the sculptural 'Pivot' chairs should do just the trick. Set on rotating aluminium bases, the range features a stately high-back chair, a clubby low-back chair and a 'one for the road' bar stool, all covered in gorgeous Kvadrat fabrics. You know, I think we'd better reserve a place at the bar ourselves...
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ABOVE: 'Beat Grey' pendant lights
BELOW LEFT: 'Pivot' seating, from back: bar stool, high-back chair, low-back chair
BELOW RIGHT: 'Flood' pendant lighting
(all prices to be announced)